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Updated: Rally to protest against austerity cuts

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Protesters gathered in Halifax this morning for the Northern Towns Against Cuts march.

The rally saw members of trade unions, together with members of the communities from across the north, march from Halifax Town Hall through the town to show their opposition to planned local and central government cuts.

At its peak, organisers estimate 1,000 people attended the rally, which then arrived at the Piece Hall to hear from a series of speakers.

Halifax MP Linda Riordan took to the stage, as well as James Stribley from Remploy, Tim Roach, of the TUC and Ian Murch NUT national treasurer. Charlotte Brady, whose children attend New Road Children’s Centre in Sowerby Bridge, which has been under threat with the cuts, also spoke at the rally.

Speaking after the speeches, Sue McMahon, NUT divisional secretary, said: “We’ve had a great turnout.

“People are very angry. We have had two years of this - this is austerity bites part two.

“People are extremely angry that there’s no reason for it. We need to invest in our future, not austerity. We need investment to get people back working.”

 

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